Provincial best: Carpenter girls win at Hoopla
By Phil Ambroziak
The champs are here!
Carpenter High School’s girls basketball team returned to Meadow Lake Saturday night as provincial champions, having claimed top honours at the 2013 Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association (SHSAA) Hoopla event in Saskatoon.
“The entire team came to win – they all played very well and left everything on the court,” remarked CHS coach Carla Waterman. “It was a phenomenal weekend.”
Carpenter’s first of two straight wins came at the expense of the Notre Dame Hounds of Wilcox by a score of 68-60. Madison Oystrick led the way in points for the Spartans with 18, followed by Kayla Prete who scored 16.
“The game had a good start – we led something like 12-2 after the first quarter,” Waterman said. “But, that’s not enough to win an entire game. They (Notre Dame) also played very well and did their best to fight back. It was a physical game, but we expected that. The girls were able to show a lot of composure and it paid off.”
In spite of Oystrick’s strong performance, the Grade 12 player fouled out with only minutes remaining in the action. Waterman said the efforts of the entire team – in particular Taiya Paylor and Karlee Esau – shone through in the closing moments, however, to help CHS earn a spot in the gold-medal game.
The finals saw Meadow Lake square off against Moose Jaw Peacock, a team that defeated North Battleford Comprehensive High School in semi-final action. It would be Meadow Lake that would prevail in the end by a score of 72-69, earning CHS its first Hoopla championship since 2005.
“Madison was the high scorer once again with 35 points,” Waterman said. “She played her best game of her entire high school basketball career.”
Oystrick, who graduates this year with plans to study kinesiology and pursue a career in chiropracty, has no regrets when she looks back on her time among the Spartans’ ranks.
“I saved the best game for last,” Oystrick said. “But, I do hope to play basketball again nex year – I’m just not sure where that will be yet.”
Waterman believes all of her Grade 12 players wanted to do their best to leave one last mark on the court.
“They were all amazing,” she said.
The coach also went on to praise the support shown by parents throughout the season, as well as the large contingent of friends, family and fans who made the trek to Saskatoon for Hoopla.
“Both teams had their supporters for the final,” she said. “We have a lot of respect for the Moose Jaw Peacock team, we knew it was going to be a battle and I’m just glad we came out on top. It was awesome. The girls improved every weekend and this time they really brought their ‘A’ game.”
“It was one of those awesome games where both teams were very skilled,” she said. “My team and I played up to our full potential – we were at our very best at Hoopla.”